Canadian Council of Ministers
of the Environment

Le Conseil canadien des ministres
de l'environnement

Current Priorities


Water is an essential natural resource that shapes regional landscapes and is vital for human well-being and ecosystem functioning. Management of water in Canada has evolved in response to the changing demands placed on water, as well as to growing awareness of the effects of human activities on the aquatic environment. Water management continues to be a priority for governments. CCME is implementing a strategic vision for water endorsed by ministers in 2009 that Canadians have access to clean, safe and sufficient water to meet their needs in ways that also maintain the integrity of ecosystems.

CCME’s current priorities in support of that vision are to:

  1. Reduce climate change impacts on water systems and protect and restore aquatic ecosystems. through adaptive strategies.
  1. Engage more Canadians in the shared responsibility of protecting aquatic ecosystems and water management.
  1. Improve water quality and water quantity management to protect ecosystem health and water uses.

CCME is also monitoring implementation of the Canada-wide Strategy for the Management of Municipal Wastewater Effluent, which was endorsed by ministers in February 2009.

The delivery of water activities is coordinated by CCME's Water Management Committee.

CCME resources on water can be found here.

Climate Change

Climate change is a priority across all jurisdictions in Canada. WMC’s current focus is on how climate change and variability can be addressed when…

Municipal Wastewater Effluent Strategy

Municipal wastewater is one of the largest sources of pollution discharged in Canada’s lakes, rivers and oceans. Through the Canada-wide Strategy…

Water Quality and Quantity Management

CCME is developing tools for assessment, communication and management of water quantity and water quality issues in water systems…